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September 18, 2013

Hurt Locker: Frustrated Henrik Stenson tears up Conway Farms locker after BMW Championship

Posted at 9:53 PM by Josh Sens | Categories: 2013 BMW Championship, Conway Farms, Henrik Stenson

Stenson_main_vert_300It doesn't have the sordid grandeur of a rock star trashing his hotel room.

But check out the Keith Richards-style wreckage wrought by Henrik Stenson at Conway Farms Golf Club outside Chicago on Monday, following his rough showing at the BMW Championship.

Conway Farms officials did not respond to a request for information on the incident.

But photos obtained by Golf.com show a damaged wooden locker at the club, its door ripped off, a shelf disjointed [photo right]. And Stenson’s agent, R.J. Nemer, confirmed by email that Stenson was responsible for the reverse-carpentry.

Nemer said the incident was the result of a “frustration that manifested itself,” adding that Stenson had paid for the damage and had “apologized to the appropriate parties.”

Stenson, who arrived at the BMW atop the FedEx Cup standings, was four-under-par and tied for 18th after the first three rounds of the tournament. But his temper flared and his score soared during Monday’s rain-delayed finale, which saw him card a three-over 74. After bogeying the par-3 17th and hitting a wayward tee ball on the 18th hole, Stenson took out his frustrations on his TaylorMade driver, smacking it so hard on the ground that its head flew off.

Stenson is no stranger to on-course eruptions. Witness his outbursts at this year’s Masters and the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, where he injured himself while smashing an iron on the ground.

This time, though, Stenson’s anger followed him indoors.

His poor performance at the BMW dropped him to second place in the FedEx Cup race behind Tiger Woods.

It’s unclear what his fury in the locker room cost him.

Now it's on to the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and a field limited to 30 golfers.

There is no cut. Even the 30th place finisher in the FedEx Cup is guaranteed to receive $175,000.

Barring any additional temper tantrums, Stenson should earn enough to zero out his credit card bill.

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Another look at the Conway Farms locker room. Stenson's locker is back right.

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